Working Holiday on the Rise

A rise in overseas employment opportunities has led to more young Britons opting for working holidays abroad. Destinations including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA are increasingly turning to British backpackers, career breakers and gap year students to fill vacancies in the hospitality and leisure industries.Teaching, customer service and intern roles are particularly common, as are bar and restaurant workers, summer camp counsellors and ski resort staff.

Generally, students from countries within the European Union (EU) and North America (Canada & USA) encounter few problems when seeking work visas for these working holiday opportunities. However, with strict immigration laws in the majority of non-EU countries, work permits can be a challenge to obtain for non-students. To overcome these issues, there is organisations that assist in the process of acquiring a work visa for those who wish to work and travel abroad.

Working abroad or working holiday are an increasingly popular option among young adults, students and career breakers from all over the world who are seeking a change in career path or an opportunity to inhabit a new culture.

By taking part in a work abroad programme, young people can gain work experience, earn money and enjoy living in a new environment. Vacancies are located on various job websites or Google “work abroad” to find working holiday opportunities.

Job opportunities in working abroad are incredibly diverse and young Britons should be able to find a variety of job vacancies to suit their skills as there are summer camp jobs, volunteer jobs and leisure tourism jobs. Working holiday makers are well-received in their chosen destinations like all travellers on holiday abroad and have a great reputation for being motivated and flexible workers.

Established in 1962 as a non-profit travel club for students, BUNAC is today recognised as a specialist in overseas work, travel and volunteer programmes with opportunities available in every continent. BUNAC has enabled over a quarter of a million people to explore the world and gain valuable life skills. BUNAC is ATOL protected and a founding member of the Year Out Group.